“We all know that the masks requirement works”

JOHNSON CO., Iowa (KCRG) – The Johnson County Department of Health said it endorses the Iowa City mask mandate.

On Thursday, Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague made masks for people in public who could not be social distancing. Teague said he felt he had authority to give the mandate despite the governor’s office declaring his move illegal. The county health department said it couldn’t speak for other cities within the county when it came to needing a nationwide mask mandate, but said mask mandates work.

“We know the mask requirement works,” said Sam Jarvis, Johnson County’s community health manager. “Wearing masks is effective, that’s why we supported the mask requirement.”

The University of Iowa and the Iowa City School District said they couldn’t follow up on the mandate because they were funded by the state. The mandate ends on September 30th.

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